There is a lot to see and do in Mexico in February. The first Monday of the month is a national holiday in honor of the Mexican constitution. Carnival celebrations are usually held this month, although the dates vary from year to year. The celebration of love and friendship is held on the 14th. In terms of the weather, this is generally one of the driest months of the year and temperatures are warming up. February marks the peak for Monarch butterfly season, so it's usually an ideal time of year to visit Mexico's monarch butterfly reserves. This is also prime whale-watching season. Here are some of the most important festivals and events that take place in February in Mexico:
A festival for lovers of Mexico, film, music, food, tequila, and surf, the Festival Sayulita is a film festival held in the bohemian surf town Sayulita on Riviera Nayarit. Additional events include tequila and food pairings, master tastings, beach-front and private screenings, lecture series, and live music.
It may be Groundhog Day in the United States, but in Mexico, February 2nd is Día de la Candelaría, a religious holiday that marks the end of the Christmas season in the church calendar. On this day, folks dress up figures of the Christ Child and take them to the church to be blessed, and they also eat lots of tamales at parties hosted by the people found the baby figurine in the Rosca de Reyes on King's Day.
Constitution Day - Día de la Constitución
Originally celebrated on February 5th, Constitution Day is now observed on the first Monday of February. It's a national holiday to commemorate the constitution of 1917 that was put in place by Venustiano Carranza following the Mexican Revolution. This constitution instituted the complete separation of Church and State, the division of large haciendas into ejidos (community-held land), and the right of workers to organize, strike, receive compensation for workplace accidents. It went on to serve as a model for progressive constitutions around the world.
Mexico City's biggest and best contemporary art fair is held at the Centro Banamex, Hall D. There are five areas: Main Section, New Proposals, ZONA MACO SUR, Design, and Modern Art. Zona Maco offers a program of conferences with international guests, a section with specialized publications and editorials, and the widest program of parallel activities with exhibitions at some of the most outstanding galleries and museums in the country. General admission is 200 pesos, free for children under 12.
In Mexico, Valentine's Day is a time to celebrate friendship, as well as love. Friends and lovers exchange cards, balloons, gifts or flowers. People in relationships can also celebrate, and it is a wonderful time to treat your partner to a special getaway in Mexico. Here are some romantic vacation ideas that are good for any time of the year, but especially on el Día de San Valentin, February 14.
On February 24th, civic ceremonies take place throughout the country to honor the Mexican flag, the tri-color. The current flag of Mexico was adopted in 1968, but it is a version of the one put forth by Agustín de Iturbide in 1821, and represents the guarantees that Mexicans would acheive along with independence from Spain: freedom of religion, independence and union of all Mexicans.
Founded in 2001, this event in San Francisco in the state of Nayarit, began as a small gathering of locals, but by 2006 the lineup included 116 artists and has continued to grow since then. The festival includes performances by musicians from the region of Riviera Nayarit, as well from the United States and other areas of Latin America. Taking place the last weekend of February, there are free concerts held in the Plaza del Sol starting at 5 pm each day of the festival.
This tennis tournament is the largest event of its kind in Latin America and attracts international tennis champions looking to score points and win cash prizes. The matches are held at the Princess Mundo Imperial hotel in Acapulco's Zona Diamante.
Carnival, a week of revelry leading up to Ash Wednesday, which ushers in the more sober period of Lent, usually takes place in February, but some years it may be in March. Brazil may be better known for its Carnaval celebration, but you don't have to go that far - many Mexican cities celebrate Carnaval with great fanfare. Celebrations will be over by Ash Wednesday, the first day of the Lenten season which prevails until the Easter observances of Semana Santa.
100 Mexican Wines is a festival held at La Redonda vinery in the Guadalupe Valley in Baja California. This is one of the most important festivals of the Mexican wine industry, with the main objective of promoting Mexico's wine culture and giving a boost to all Mexican winemakers. A wide selection of winemakers from throughout the country gather to allow attendees to experience spectacular Mexican wines.